Indyfreak's Movie Review of Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning - Part One

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Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning - Part One

Rollercoaster ride of a good summer blockbuster
Indyfreak - wrote on 07/21/23

Tom Cruise and director Christopher McQuarrie somehow manage to up the ante on the action scenes but not losing sight of the impressive ensemble cast. The action scenes are breathtaking in their execution and exhilarating to watch.
Tom Cruise is as watchable as ever as action hero Ethan Hunt. His latest mission pits him against a rogue artificial intelligence and its human agents. Yes, I'm serious. This may sound like low-key science fiction but in a world where Deepfake and ChatGPT exist, it's plausible enough to me. Recurring cast members like Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, and even Henry Czerny (from the 1996 movie) are good. Newcomers that stand out include Hayley Atwell as a plucky thief that crosses paths with Ethan Hunt and Pom Klementieff as a vicious assassin. The villain played by Esai Morales is serviceable as a threat and you want to see him lose, but he's not quite as menacing as earlier foes like Philip Seymour Hoffman or Henry Cavill.
For a movie more than two and a half hours, I must say the time flew by quickly for me. Audiences will appreciate the direction and suspense with the action scenes. But they'll laugh at the jokes and cheer whenever Tom Cruise does a crazy stunt.

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